“A beautiful body perishes, but a work of art dies not.”  – Leonardo da Vinci

What's the DIFF?

… It’s the DaVinci International Film Festival (DIFF), but also a question most independent filmmakers ask as they browse and filter through hundreds of film festivals online — what makes DIFF stand out from the others?

As for our brand, the way we see it, is that Leonardo da Vinci was the epitome of the divergent and creative mind— a luminary— and so we aim to recognize much of the same at our festival.

Like many film festivals, we set out to honor the best in independent cinema from around the world, and do so by taking into account the full-scope of creative integration in any given project.  From performances to color correction; score to sound design, our Jury is tasked with assessing each film based on an overall cohesiveness as it relates to storytelling.  In addition, DIFF shines a [very important] light on screenwriting through its sister-brand, STORYLINE℠ with quarterly and annual competitions.

DIFF founders and Board Members are intimately familiar with, and appreciate the full cycle of, independent filmmaking and the demands therein.  From perils of financing, through the distribution of any given work — the process is often complex and unforgiving.  Most of these creative projects can take a short lifetime to complete, and whether or not your work is showcased at DIFF, we want to encourage you to keep pressing forward.

Another standout at DIFF is their nonprofit 501(c)3, DaVinci Film Foundation.  The Foundation is committed to supporting the arts by way of filmmaker and screenwriter programs, workshops, a film grant that is awarded to a duly qualified student filmmaker each year.  Learn more and apply here.


The DaVinci International Film Festival honors Creatives from around the world with quarterly qualifiers for their annual live showcase event, awarding tomorrows’ filmmakers and screenwriters with their prestigious Vitruvian Award™.  Winning “Vitruvians” will move on to the festivals’ next-level competition where their films are screened on a Hollywood Studio lot.  Here, the selected storytellers again compete for a chance to win the festival’s most coveted award, The Leo.  A 17-lb bronze statue of the creative luminary himself, Leonardo da Vinci.

We understand that you have many options in festivals, and we appreciate your interest in the DaVinci International Film Festival. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. Good luck!

Thank you for visiting our website.  Come experience the DIFFerence!

DaVinci International Film Festival

Chadwick Pelletier
President and Founder

  • Chadwick Pelletier, Festival Director
  • Holly Pelletier, Festival Coordinator
  • Rachel McBride, Programming
  • David Robbins, VIP Relations
  • Leimomi Coloretti, Brand Director
  • David Bocandé, Festival Producer (Europe)
  • Mark Hulsey, Military Program
  • Robert Schaefer, Military Program
  • Elizabeth Gamza, Education / Outreach
  • Robbie Bowes, DFI Grant Program
  • Tate Pearson, Film Market / Cinando
  • Shannon Haze, Festival Production Assistant